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British Library: LGBTQ Histories

The British Library has created this excellent resource that "charts the struggles for love, identity and legislative change faced by LGBTQ communities in the UK" going all the way back to the 1500s. Here, readers will find a well-organized selection of articles, items from the library's collection, people, a timeline, and works of literature, all relevant to British LGBTQ history. Visitors can browse these materials via the tabs at the top, or they can use the search tab to explore all the items in the LGBTQ Histories site by keyword or by fields such as theme, date range, format, and occupation. One of the featured items is the original manuscript of "De Profundis," Oscar Wilde's famous letter to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, written during 1896-1897 while Wilde was imprisoned. A more recent example is a 36-minute sound recording of a January 2018 conversation and interview between three transgender activists and Steven Dryden, the British Library's Broadcast Recordings Curator. Four of the British Library's recent blog posts relating to LGBTQ history are also featured at the bottom of this site's main page.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-10-19
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